You are here9th August 2020

9th August 2020

By Alison Hudson - Posted on 05 August 2020

St Michael & St Wulfad Church, Stone

and St Saviour Church, Aston

Sunday 9 August 2020



Matthew 14: 22-33 - Jesus Walks on the Water


Sunday Services

8am and 10.45am St Michael & St Wulfad, 9.15am St Saviour

Sunday afternoon Prayervia Zoom/telephone 4pm and 5pm

Thursday communionSt Michael & St Wulfad 10.30am

  Church is open for worship

We are delighted that our churches are open for worship. At St Michael’s we enter through the main door and exit through the south door. Seating will be in the central body of the church.

All cushions have been removed, so do bring your own if you would find that more comfortable. Services will be a Said Communion, with just bread being distributed. You will be asked to stand, not kneel, at the altar and follow a one-way system. There will be no singing and no service sheets, but all the words you need will be projected onto the screen.

Please sanitise your hands as you enter church and maintain social distancing at all times. There are no refreshments, but toilet facilities are available.


Face Masks

Current government guidance is that we are 'strongly advised' to wear a face mask in church, although there are plans to make this mandatory from 8 August. The ministry team will wear masks or visors at the door, but not during the service, apart from at the distribution of Bread.

Regular Giving

To minimise the handling of cash, could you consider making regular donations to the church via standing order from your bank? If you are able or would prefer to do this, please contact John Baddeley on 01785 815397, or email johnandpat@allaboutimage.netThank you!


Please do not hesitate to contact us should you need to.

Revd Preb Ian Cardinal 01785 812747    Dennis Abbott 01785 814134                         

Revd Alison Hudson 07725 467246      Fr John Cotterill 07734 815838

Lin Davis 01889 505094

Stone with Aston Sunday afternoon prayers by telephone

Not all of ushas access to the internet, or will be coming out of lockdown so we will continue to offer a short service of Daily Prayer on a Sunday afternoon that you can join with via a telephone call.

The weekly prayer sheets that we use for Weeks 1, 2, 3 and 4 are generic, so please keep a copy of each and have it to hand for the service. This Sunday is Week 2.

This service takes place on Sundays at 4pm for Stone and

5pm for Aston, but please feel free to phone in at whichever time suits you best. You do not need a computer for this - just a telephone. The instructions are as follows:

Just before 4pm or 5pm on Sunday phone one of these numbers (the cost should be the same as a normal phone call):

0131 460 1196or 0203 481 5237

  • enter the meeting ID on your telephone keypad-

    897 6759 5340
  • you will be asked for a participant number - just enter #
  • enter the password which is 928354

We will welcome everyone who has phoned in and we will all be able to hear each other speak. We will then say prayers together. The service will last about 15 minutes.

If you have internet access, you can join the meeting via the following ‘Zoom’ link using the above meeting ID and password


Readings for Sunday 9 August

1 Kings 19: 9-18          Romans 10: 5-15             Matthew 14: 22-33

First some news: Bishop Michael has kindly agreed to Rev’d Alison Hudson changing her status from Self-supporting, to Stipendiary ministry. Up to this point everything Alison has done with us and for us has been on a volunteer basis, the same as our other friends and colleagues, Fr John, Berwyn, Lin and Dennis. From the first of September, Alison will be our stipendiary Curate and colleague – and congratulations and prayers to and for her. This is no small matter – she has had to go through further examination and Bishop Michael has had to give his authority

This is a mixed blessing for us, of course. It does mean that Alison will remain with us – but only for the time being. Eventually, she will do the same as other Curates before her and move on to undertaking a Parish of her own. But for now we rejoice with her and recognise that this is a step of faith

What an appropriate expression! This week’s gospel is that of Jesus walking on the water, terrifying them before they recognised him – and then it tells us of Peter’s adventure on the water himself – and of his panic when he realised what a dangerous step he was making

But the point of the story is very much one of our keeping our eyes upon the Lord. Peter was doing fine as long as he placed his trust in the Lord – but when he allowed himself to be distracted by the other things around, and then he found he was overwhelmed – until Jesus stretched out his hand and rescued him

What do you think you can’t do? It’s very easy to be overwhelmed at the moment. All of us have had a bad time over the last few months – and some have received some devastating blows. But we never know what we can do when we put our trust in Christ Jesus. I have often told the story of how I first came to Stone:- a very diffident and shy teenager who hated even answering the phone; one whose mother thought whatever I achieved in life, it would be something where I didn’t have to stand up in public! I wonder what she would have thought to hear my voice on Radio Stoke last weekend? The truth is that God in Christ Jesus wrought something in me that none of us could ever have imagined

Alison is taking a risk, of course. There are no guarantees that God gives us – and this is not a great time for Stipendiary Ministry in God’s Church – our Diocese alone is talking about losing out on millions of pounds as we gradually recover from the Coronavirus. But what she is doing is the right thing – her assessors agree on that – as she offers herself to minister in the future of Christ’s Church.  So pray for her and Simon – and for us as we journey on together. But do ponder and pray about how you may be being asked to step outside the comfort of the boat, holding the hand of the Lord!Ian Cardinal


The Collect for Sunday

Gracious Father, revive your Church in our day, and make her holy, strong and faithful, for your glory’s sake in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen



In peace, let us pray to Jesus our Lord, who ever lives to make intercession for us.


Give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name


Lord, it is you who comes when we cry out in storm-tossed moments. Reach out to your Church when sight of the strong wind brings fear and make us strong in you …

Open our ears to hear you say ‘take heart’.

Give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name



Lord, it is you who sends your disciples to cross the lake.

Be with all who travel by land, sea and air for holidays, business and missions of mercy, bring relief from the reality of Coronavirus and give us unity with all nations of the world to seek a common cure.

Direct those who guard our safety.

Give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name


Lod, it is you who went up the mountain to pray alone.

Come to us in the still moments to refresh, revive and reignite the fire of living. Speak afresh into our hearts that we may hear your call on our lives …

Increase in us thanksgiving for your saving mercy.

Give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name


Lord, it is you who reaches out to us when we cry ‘Lord save me’.

Catch all who are falling in their frailty, who suffer in body, mind or spirit …

Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name


Lord, it is you who appears in the early morning on the water and later in the garden.

Bring all who have died to delight in the sound of your voice …

With the whole host of heaven we worship your holy name.

Give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name


Let us commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray, to the mercy and protection of God.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers

for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ.  Amen




Our weekly prayers of intercession

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Elsie Richardson, Vera Tomkinson,

Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, John Richardson,

Peter Bowler, Catherine Ritchie, James Astle,

Miles Brain, John & Ann Shuttleworth, Margaret Wright, Molly Wright, Norman Latham, Mary Leigh, Gillian Wright,

Carl Hartley, John Hargreaves, Pauline Bevans, Val Morris, Alan Holmes, June Stringer, Jayne Walker, Sue Kenchington


For the recently departed, remembering their families and friends:

George Beecham, Peter Hallas, Mo Stanway, Michael Timmis,

Iris Buckley


And those whose year’s mind falls in this month:

John Larkins 1979                              Edward Samuel Snape 1985

Ada King 1986                                    Ivy Lees Rawlings 1978

Herbert William Sproston 1991         Sylvia May Harding 1996

May Buckley 1990                              Margaret Mellor 1998

Alan Hanmer 1998                             William Mitchell 1999

Matthew Lewis Cox 1999                  Wendy Anne Jones 2015

Kathleen Joan Tingay 2003                Peter Waghorn 2004

Albert Arrowsmith 2005                    Hilda Grainger 2005

Mary Burgess 2008                            Kate Elizabeth Walker 2010

George Harry Goodall 1974               Fred Leason 1995

Julia Frances Johnson 2017              

Clarissa Margaret Craven-Smith 2002


May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, both rest in peace and rise in glory. Amen


If you would like any names to be added to this list, please email rector.stone@gmail.comor ring Revd Ian Cardinal on 01785 812747

St Michael & St Wulfad and St Saviour Church



Cycle of Prayer for our benefice


Week 1

Church St, The Coppice Estate, George Rd, Hempbutts, High St, Mill St, Morrisons, Crown St, Joules Court, St Michaels Close, Lichfield St, businesses in High St and Mill St


Week 2

Priory Estate, Abbey St, Lichfield Rd, Grange Rd, Millwalk, Shepley Close, Redlands, Brookfield Court, Pingle Lane, Ridgeway, Flax Croft, Westover Drive, Parkhouse Drive, Old Rectory Road, Claremont Close, Cedar Park, Parkway, Aston Lodge Park, Aston


Week 3

Stone Golf Club, Stone Cricket Club, Community Fire Station, Trent Clinic, Doctors Surgeries, Dental Surgeries, Pharmacies and all the staff, St Michaels First School, Pirehill First School, Manor Rise, Walton Priory, The Moorings, Summerfield Court, Autumn House


Week 4

Walton Grange, Stafford Rd, Stafford Close, Stonehouse Hotel, Stone Business Park, Aldi, Farms within the parish, Eccleshall Rd, Cherryfields Estate, Walton Way, Walton Community Centre, Whitemill Lane and Air Ministry Estate


Week 5

Pirehill Lane, Beacon Rise and environs, Longhope Rd, Fillybrooks, Residents on A34, Udell Grange, Anwyl Homes, Sweepers Ave, Blundell Drive and environs, Common Lane, Crestwood Drive, Foxwood Close, Tilling Drive Estate